Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Site

SE of Medicine Lodge, Medicine Lodge, Kansas

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Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters

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Description 

Here, near the confluence of Medicine Lodge and Elm Creeks, members of a Peace Commission created by Congress met with about 5,000 Kiowa, Commanche, Plains Apache, Arapaho, and Southern Cheyenne Indians in October 1867. Under the terms of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, the first to include provisions aimed at "civilizing" the Indian, Plains Indians were to give up nomadic ways and relinquish claims to ancestral lands, in return for Federal economic and educational help. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, August 4, 1969

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 1969
Reference number
69000059
Areas of significance
Military; Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic functions
Ceremonial site; Camp
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1867

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2013: New photo from Mike LeMasters